The Plague Nurse wears a modified version of the medieval Plague Doctor costume: long robe, cone mask and goggles with a nod to the classic 19th century nurse's cap. The nurse carries white calla lilys for mourning and a pewter hourglass that symbolizes the inevitable and fleeting passage of time. I sculpted this nurse by hand with a custom-blended polymer compound. It stands between 4- and 5-inches tall.
This Plague Nurse figurine was suggested by my brilliant friend, a nurse who is working hard during through these COVID-19 times. The Plague Doctor version was inspired Paul Fürst's c. 1656 engraving: Der Doctor Schnabel von Rom (The Beak Doctor of Rome) - which depicts a medieval costume worn by doctor's during the Plague times in Europe.
The Plague Doctor (and Nurse) has become a symbol of hope and resilience and the willingness to help others in the face of fear.
You will receive the exact same figurine as in the photos, and it is ready-to-ship. It will be on the way within two business days of payment. It will arrive in a handsome gift box with a descriptive card, ready for giving or receiving. All of my Poupettes are sculpted by hand, one at a time, and stamped on the underside with my maker's mark.
As soon as payment is received, I'll confirm the shipping date. You'll receive shipping confirmation once the package is on the way, and a tracking number, if available for your country.
1-3 business days
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Yes, I accept a limited number of custom orders every month. I require payment to schedule the shipping date and I send photos when it is completed. Please contact me for more information.
By the way, I do not make anything shaggy or bristly, nor animals with complex markings, as they do not look good in my style (I wish they did!). I also never, ever copy other people's ideas, so please don't ask - thanks! ^_^
Yes, my figurines are made of a professional-grade, non-toxic polymer and do not require toxic paints or varnishes, because the pigment is permanently suspended in the polymer. Therefore, they can stand directly on a cake. They are also waterproof, and can be carefully hand-washed with a gentle soap as needed.
Signature Confirmation is typically required to prevent theft (unless shipping to a USPS PO Box). I do make exceptions by request. Just know that this may increase the chances of it being stolen, if you are not at home to receive it. (In ten years of shipping, the only packages that have gone missing, were left on doorsteps or at apartment doors.)
If you are unable to sign for the package on delivery day, I recommend keeping an eye on the tracking, and once a delivery attempt has been made, go to your local post office with the tracking number to pick it up. Back in the day USPS used to leave notices and attempt re-delivery, but this has become rare in recent years, and I do not count on it.
I ship all orders (with the exception of custom and Express mail orders) on Mondays and Thursdays (with the exception of USPS holidays, when I ship the next business day). If you are on a tight deadline, or purchase Express shipping - please contact me directly and I'll get it out ASAP.
'Free Shipping' to U.S. addresses is typically USPS First Class Mail, which takes from 3-5 business days, depending on your location.
All of my shipments include a USPS Tracking Number which is automatically sent via e-mail as soon as the package has shipped.
Signature Confirmation is usually included to discourage theft.
If you purchase Priority Mail shipping, your package will automatically be insured up to $100 and the delivery window is 2-3 business days.
Priority Mail Express Shipping is available for purchase at checkout and takes 2 business days, unless you live in Portland, OR (which will be next day delivery).
You will receive a digital invoice/receipt for your order through Etsy. For packages shipped within the U.S., I do not include a paper invoice, but if you would like one, just let me know and I'll be happy to include one. I am required by law to include 1-3 paper invoices with the purchase price in my packages for all international orders.
Yes, I regularly ship internationally. Be advised that actual transit times vary by destination and are not guaranteed by any Postal Service.
International shipping is especially unpredictable due to COVID-19 and I have witnessed long, unexplained delays. I highly recommend purchasing Priority or Express Mail shipping at checkout.
I urge international buyers to be aware of how your local Customs and Postal Service operates before making a purchase. Most countries will charge their own duty and/or import fees that I have no knowledge of, or responsibility for.
Please visit this page for more information on your country:
No, I will not mark international items as "gifts" or alter the cost of goods because this is mail fraud and has serious consequences in the U.S. (13 U.S.C. § 305 : US Code - Section 305: Penalties for unlawful export information) All customs forms are automatically created through USPS and Etsy. They are accurately labeled 'Merchandise' with the actual cost of the item in compliance with international law. I cannot predict nor can I be responsible for delays in customs or any additional fees or taxes that may be charged by your local jurisdiction.
For minor repairs, I recommend using a cyanoacrylate gel (also known as 'super glue'. I highly recommend Loctite Gel). If a figurine arrives damaged from shipping, I will repair or replace the figurine depending on the amount of damage. Simply let me know and ship it back to me, preferably in its original packaging. I will refund the shipping cost to cover the unforeseen expense and repairing your piece will be my number one priority as soon as it arrives. My turnaround time will be just one week.
Dec 8, 2020
Thank you Sofie for allowing Plague Nurse Ratchet to wed Plague Doktor Frankenstein. He’s so happy! They had a very small ceremony since she didn’t have time to meet everyone and was feeling a little overwhelmed. It was odd to see the Doktor as the groom. Sparks were flying later at the reception! ⚡️⚡️ The picture doesn’t do them any justice.
Aug 5, 2020
My poupette family was very happy to welcome this fella! I love all of the detail and of course the extra care and attention Sofie adds to each and every creation. Each and everyone have their own little personalities and Sofie always takes special care on the delivery and always provides a little note that adds that extra little smile to the experience of the excitement upon delivery.
Nov 3, 2018
A very sombre and peculiar figurine, although crafted with a gentle, caring spirit, so that the effect is curiously cute ;-)
Nov 26, 2016
Beautifully crafted like all my other pieces!
Jan 21, 2016
Love her figurines! Individual and you don't have to worry about having something that 500 people have. This was a fun addition to my collection. Fast shipping even to Hawaii.